This fifteenth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe features tales by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself.
The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom’s ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages–and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents–combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more–make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch.
Every time that I read an anthology or book about Valdemar, I fall in love again just like I did with the first book in the series. “Boundaries” is no exception. I find myself immersed in a world unlike any other in fantasy full of interesting characters, dramatic stories, and diverse talents. Every character, no matter the author, brings you into the universe of Mercedes Lackey and makes you want to read more.
I think one of the reasons I love this particular anthology is that it is paced in such a way to keep you reading. Every story makes you want to read more and every character makes me fall in love with them. Normally I would look at a few examples but this anthology is so strong and so riveting overall, that I just recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy. You don’t have to know the world to enjoy it, you will find yourself delving further in without wasting a breath. For fans of Mercedes Lackey, you couldn’t ask for a better anthology of stories.
Rating: 5 out of 5 characters.